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Cheap Thoughts: laundry list

Where did we get the phrase “laundry list,” and how did this phrase gain the meaning of “a long and often tedious list of items?” I mean, I know what a laundry list literally is, but there were other lists long before before laundry lists. How did a list of laundry become the go-to list when trying to describe a long list? Is it the alliteration?

Doesn’t it seem weird to be at the office and referring to laundry when describing a list of items, especially when most people wash their own laundry?